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I understand that reporting is important. But since there is the possibility to not vote anyway by switching rep dormant what are the reasons to punish people who forgot to switch it dormant?

Wouldn't it be simply possible to distribute fees among rep addresses that made the required number of reports and skip all others without punishing them additionally by taking their REP? Wouldn't that make REP more valuable?

closed as off-topic by Micah Zoltu, Enricho Abato, Jun Li, JonMark Perry, eMansipater Aug 8 '17 at 16:37

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because there is no such thing as dormant/active REP. This was a concept from ~6 months ago. Knowing that, this question doesn't make a lot of sense. If you believe the question still makes sense, consider rephrasing it so it doesn't talk about dormant/active REP. – Micah Zoltu Aug 6 '17 at 18:46
  • > "Wouldn't it be simply possible to distribute fees among rep addresses that made the required number of reports and skip all others without punishing them additionally by taking their REP?" Is actually more or less how it works now, reporters have to sign up to report by getting a "registration token" :) – Joey Krug Aug 20 '17 at 22:09
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As Micah says in his comment, we've done away with the notions of dormant/active REP in favor of a (more reporter-friendly, we hope) purely opt-in system.

The difference is that dormant/active acted as a toggle -- if you activated your REP, you were opting-in to report during every single reporting window from then on out (or until you deactivated your REP). In the new system, reporters instead opt-in for particular reporting windows, and they are only obligated to report on markets in the window they opted-in to. Our primary aim in doing this was to simplify the internal REP accounting system, but it has the nice side-effect of being more forgiving: you won't get penalized out of the blue because you accidentally left your REP activated after a reporting window!

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    Ok I see, didn't know that. Things are changing quickly with this project. But I guess that's a good thing – tobi Aug 7 '17 at 9:14

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